Terms of Reference
Development of Learning Modules on Source Sustainability
WaterAid and WASH
In India, WaterAid works with communities in rural and urban areas through partners. We have reached millions of people with these three essentials – clean water, decent toilets, and good hygiene – enabling communities to unlock their potential to break free from the cycle of poverty and to change lives for good. In order to ensure clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation. They should infact be a normal part of daily life but they are not. And that is what WaterAid India is trying to achieve by working around – drinking water security; Urban and School WASH; Rural Sanitation and WASH in health and nutrition.
In India, 163 million people face a daily struggle to access clean water close at home. They have no choice but to drink dirty water. They also lack enough for washing, cooking, cleaning and production of food. As a result, they get sick, and their education and livelihoods suffer. Water security thus is the ability to access enough clean water to maintain standards of food and goods production, sanitation and health care. For WaterAid, sustainability refers to the continued functioning and utilization of drinking water services as well as lasting changes. This can only be made possible if the drinking water sources in the community are taken care of, managed and sustained with adequate efforts towards source sustainability.
The objectives of this assignment are to enable project staff and communities understand the basic concepts of Source Sustainability (SS) to enable them plan for efficient management of existing groundwater resources as a source of water supply to meet the needs of the present, on a long term basis in an equitable manner sustaining its quality, without negotiating the risks associated with damage to aquifer physical characteristics, storage capacity and recovery ability for future generation needs.
Most of the available resources on Source Sustainability available in the public domain is in English and or utilizes complex terminologies. However – for better comprehension and adoption of techniques, it is necessary that these resources are simplified and translated in the local context (Hindi and Marathi) in very simple realistic terms keeping in mind the topography, soil structure, hydrogeology of the states in West and central India.
Water Aid India thus invites applications from individual consultants to develop a comprehensive document of Source Sustainability in context of JJM and training modules be developed from this document that can be used for training of the field staff and communities to help them plan for management and sustenance of their in-village water sources. For this task – a consultant needs to be placed to carry out the activities of development of a document, translation to Hindi & developing training modules for training of staff and communities.
Scope of work
- Review of existing materials on Source Sustainability (SS) in public domain and draft a document with simple terminologies in English/Hindi and Marathi.
- Identify topics to be covered in the module in consultation with WaterAid to develop a basic understanding on SS amongst the staff and community.
- Prepare a clear outline highlighting the learning outcomes, process, tools for each session/module.
- Develop learning materials for each topic – highlighting the objectives, tools & methodologies of each session.
- Training of field staff across the project locations as required by WAI.
- Provide technical inputs on effective measures that can be taken at the community level
- Rocks and its type and its co relation with ground water movement and storage – Basics of hydrogeology ground water – in context of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.
- What is Source Sustainability, its characteristics & why is it required – highlighting the positive impacts of proper Source Sustainability and Basic Principles involved in Source Sustainability.
- Importance of IEC and Behavioral Change and people participation in SS.
- Source Sustainability in context of rural areas/villages: Technology options available with the criteria for selection of suitable methodology.
- Models of SS that can be adopted at village/community level and in community water points.
- Knowledge to Action: How these technologies can be set up in rural areas.
Qualification and competence of the Expert
- The ideal candidate for this assignment should be a candidate with a university degree on hydrogeology with at least 3 years of experience working on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services.
- Worked on similar assignments in the past – experience with government projects/ international NGOs would be preferred.
- Candidate’s past experience must include at least 2 years of experience in related topic in the region.
- Candidates with demonstrated successful models developed will be given preference.
- Excellent training and communication skills with knowledge of Hindi and Marathi (both written and oral).
The consultant would be engaged for ……………. which would include travel and training of field staff.
INR ……… would be paid for ….. days a month. Travel and stay will be reimbursed by the organization as per actuals. Given the risks associated with COVID-19, the consultant may use private taxi for travel.
The cost of training (including travel and food of participants will be borne by the organization separately).
Last date to apply – 20 May 2021